Academic integrity is essential to the success of our mission as educators. It also provides a foundation for responsible conduct in our students’ lives after graduation.
It can be difficult to translate values, even widely-shared values, into action—but action is badly needed now to promote academic integrity on our campuses. Researchers agree that rates of cheating among American high school and college students are high and increasing. Particularly alarming is research gathered by Who’s Who Among High School Students indicating that 90 percent of high-achieving, college-bound students have cheated, that they think cheating is commonplace, and that more than half do not consider cheating a serious transgression. New technologies have also made it easier to cheat.
The International Center for Academic Integrity defines academic integrity as a commitment to five fundamental values: honesty, trust, fairness, respect, and responsibility. We believe that these five values, plus the courage to act on them even in the face of adversity, are truly foundational to the academy. Without them, everything that we do in our capacities as teachers, learners, and researchers loses value and becomes suspect.
All material is from The Fundamental Values of Academic Integrity